20 awesome smart toys that preschoolers will love {+ a bonus}

Raluca Loteanu October 28, 2017
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If you are looking for some awesome smart toys for preschoolers, here is a list of our favorite recommendations! I hope that you'll find a lot of inspiration on our list!

In the last weeks, I wrote a lot about toys and the importance of choosing smart toys tor young kids. I invited two other moms to help me create a list of awesome smart toys for babies and toddlers and now its time for a list of toys for preschoolers.

To be honest, this list as the most difficult to create! There are so many awesome toys for preschoolers and at this age, each child has different preferences when it comes to toys.

So it was a real challenge to only pick 20 toys to include on our list.

Here are the criteria that we followed when choosing these toys:

We only chose high-quality toys (kids dont need a lot of toys so its better to have a few great toys instead of many low-quality ones)

We focused on toys that make learning easy and fun and help kids develop new skills

Also, we tried to include toys that focus on several developmental areas to make sure that youll find some good inspiration depending on what your child likes to do more.

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I hope that youll like these ideas and that youll find here some awesome toys for your kids! At the end, you’ll also find a bonus idea that is our top recommendation for little learners!

1. Magna-Tiles

This set can keep kids entertained for hours! It stimulated their imagination and creativity and it brings a lot of fun!

Recommended age: 3 years+

2. Kids First Automobile Engineer Kit

This toy teaches kids how to build different vehicles and it allows them to practice their problem-solving skills.

Recommended age: 3 years+

3. Melissa & Doug Wooden Scoop and Serve Ice Cream Counter 

This is an awesome toy for pretend play! It contains a realistic scooper, many ice cream scoops, an ice cream counter, and a reusable menu.

Recommended age: 3 years+

Here is another similar toy that is perfect for pretend play: Melissa & Doug 11-Piece Brew and Serve Wooden Coffee Maker Set – Play Kitchen Accessories.

4. Hape All Seasons Kid’s Wooden Doll House Furnished with Accessories

This is such an amazing toy! It looks very cute and it offers many play opportunities!

5. Rainbow Counting Bears with Matching Sorting Cups

I like this set a lot because it can be used in many different learning activities! It improves dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills control as kids count, sort and play with the bears.

6. VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix

This camera allows kids to take real photos and it’s a great toy to use during vacations and trips!

Recommended age: 3 years+

7. SmartGames Three Little Piggies

This is a wonderful logic game for kids! It contains 48 challenges that combine learning with having fun.

Recommended age: 4 years+


 ⇒ You can discover more awesome games for young kids here: 12 smart and easy games that will bring fun to young kids.


8. AMOSTING Button Art Color Matching Mosaic Pegboard 

This activity set develops fine motor skills, hand dexterity, color recognition, and early patterning ability. This is also a great quiet time activity for preschoolers.

Recommended age: 3 years+

9. Hape All-in-One Wooden Kid’s Art Easel with Paper Roll and Accessories

This art easel has a magnetic whiteboard on one side and a chalkboard on the other. And it’s perfect for encouraging kids to express their creativity!

Recommended age: 3 years+

10. Melissa & Doug Cutting Food – Play Food Set With 25+ Hand-Painted Wooden Pieces, Knife, and Cutting Board

This play food set is perfect for pretend play and introducing concepts of part and whole. It can also be a nice way to practice cutting skills.

Recommended age: 3 years+

11. Educational Insights Design & Drill Activity Center

This toy allows kids to develop their coordination and creative thinking skills.

Recommended age: 3 years+

12. Hape Gourmet Kitchen Kid’s Wooden Play Kitchen

This is an awesome toy for pretend play and can keep kids busy for hours! It encourages kinesthetic development and develops the child’s cognitive skills through role play.

Recommended age: 3 years+

13. Melissa & Doug Service Station Parking Garage With 2 Wooden Cars and Drive-Thru Car Wash

This is a great toy for any child who loves cars! My son used it for more than a year and he enjoyed it a lot!

Recommended age: 3 years+

14. Melissa & Doug Magnetic Car Loader Wooden Toy Set With 4 Cars and 1 Semi-Trailer Truck

This is another great toy for car lovers! Each car has a different color and number and the toy encourages kids to practice counting, sorting, and sequencing.

Recommended age: 3 years+

15. Farmer’s Market Color Sorting Set

This set develops color recognition and sorting skills. It is also a great way to encourage the child to learn new words during pretend play.

Recommended age: 3 years+

16. Melissa & Doug Self-Correcting Wooden Number Puzzles With Storage Box

These puzzles offer the perfect opportunity for kids to practice counting and matching.

Recommended age: 4 years+17. Melissa & Doug ABC Picture Boards – Educational Toy With 13 Double-Sided Wooden Boards and 52 Letters

This is a similar set that focuses on the alphabet. It encourages letter, word, and color recognition and it also promotes matching, memory, and fine motor skills.

Recommended age: 4 years+

18. Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Super Building Set

This set supports STEM skills and brings hours of play. It promotes reasoning and problem-solving.

Recommended age: 3 years+

19. PlanToys Plan Preschool Alphabet A-Z Preschool Version

This activity set is great for teaching kids the alphabet in a playful way. It contains 26 capital letters and an animal picture for each of them.

Recommended age: 3 years+

20. Melissa & Doug Pediatric Nurse Role Play Costume Set (8 pcs) – Includes Baby Doll, Stethoscope

This is a wonderful role play set and is one of our favorites! It includes a baby doll and accessories and we used it many times for pretend play. The set promotes imagination, communication skills, and creative play.

Bonus idea: An awesome educational subscription for preschoolers

We started our first educational subscription almost a year ago and it was a great decision! My son enjoys every single box and he feels like he receives a new gift every month.

We have the Early Explorers subscription from Little Passports and we love it! Each box contains an activity book, flashlight adventures (Bogdan’s favorites), letters, stickers, and cute souvenirs. smart toys for preschoolers

The characters in each box (Mia, Max, and Toby) make learning easy and fun. Bogdan has learned many things about the world by doing all the activities in the boxes.

If you think that your child would like to receive a box with new activities every week, I totally recommend you to try an educational subscription!smart toys for preschoolers


I hope that you liked these ideas and that they will inspire you to choose some awesome toys for your children!

At the end, I want to invite you to discover a full collection of nice activities for babies and toddlers on my Pinterest board: Activity ideas for preschoolers.

I wish you a lot of happy playful moments with your kids!

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If you are looking for some awesome smart toys for preschoolers, here is a list of our favorite recommendations! I hope that you'll find a lot of inspiration on our list! | Toys for young kids | Gift guide for preschoolers | Christmas gifts

If you are looking for some awesome smart toys for preschoolers, here is a list of our favorite recommendations! I hope that you'll find a lot of inspiration on our list! | Toys for young kids | Gift guide for preschoolers | Christmas gifts
If you are looking for some awesome smart toys for preschoolers, here is a list of our favorite recommendations! I hope that you'll find a lot of inspiration on our list! | Toys for young kids | Gift guide for preschoolers | Christmas gifts

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